A massive aquarium has burst inside a hotel complex in Germany. Named the AquaDom, the walls of the 46 feet high, 264,172-gallon cylinder aquarium gave way at 5:45 am on Friday morning, at the Radisson Hotel, Berlin, causing substantial damage and injuring two people. 100s of police and firefighters attended the scene and over 400 hotel guests were evacuated.
984 tons of water escaped from the popular attraction, causing incredible damage, according to police, bending steel and resulting in the closure of the road on which the Radisson Hotel is situated. The Mayor of Berlin described the damage as being like that of a Tsunami. It contained 1500 saltwater fish, spanning 100 different species.
AquaDom was opened in December 2003 and was given the Guinness World Record for being the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium. It cost €12.8m (£11.2m) to build and featured a 10-minute-long elevator ride through the middle of it. It is not yet clear what caused the nearly twenty-year-old aquarium to give way.